Wednesday, November 17, 2010

GOP to jobless: Drop dead

That's the title of a Washington Post column today by Steven Pearlstein. He says congressional Republicans are trying to emasculate the government's role in the economy. For example, two Republican leaders want to take away the Federal Reserve's responsibility for creating jobs. Pearlstein writes,
For too many Republicans, the aim is to ... trash the institutions of government.
Pearlstein doesn't even mention that Congress probably won't extend unemployment benefits. David Dayen at firedoglake reports that it's going to be very, very difficult for the Senate to vote on an extension by the deadline -- which is Friday. Two million people will lose their benefits.

Oh, and 50 million Americans live in hunger, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It's going to be a long, cold winter for a lot of Americans.